Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is located at the southern end of the Caribbean islands a few miles from the coast of Venezuela. Here's the map.
The larger island of Trinidad is the bustling, industrial and commercial centre, while Tobago is the laid back, sleepy little sister. In Tobago, you're never far from a palm-lined sandy beach or a waterfall tumbling down into a rock lined pool at the edge of the rainforest.
Leatherback sea turtles can be seen on Trinidad's Mathura beach. Every year around Easter, the turtles return to Trinidad to lay their eggs. However, most of the diving is based on Tobago which offers the best of both worlds, Caribbean sea diving on one coast and Atlantic diving on the other. Most of the diving are drift dives.
- London Bridge - a natural arch that extends down 40ft underwater. Here the water creates a sort of venturi effect and whips you through the arch. On the other side, it's calm and filled with large pelagics. Even when the conditions are not right to go through the arch, this dive can be spectacular.
- The MV Maverick sits at 100ft/33m. Originally named The Scarlet Ibis, she was the first passenger ferry between Trinidad and Tobago. Before being sunk as a divesite in April 1997, she was cleaned, inspected and made safe for divers.
- The Sisters, a series of rock pinnacles rising up from the deep. Hammerheads are often sighted here.
- Japanese Gardens begins on a shallow slope covered with Vase Sponges, purple Rope Sponge and green algae growth. The thousands of Bicolor Damselfish flitting among the sponges look like butterflies in a miniature Japanese garden
- Kelleston Drain is home to what is reputed to be the largest brain coral in the Caribbean.
- A yellow fever vaccination certificate is requires from travellers over 1 year of age travelling from infected areas
- Although a year round diving destination, visibility is diminished between September and November.
|Language:||English widely used|
|Time:||GMT - 4|
|Natural hazards:||Outside usual path for hurricanes|
|Diving season:||12 months|
|Water temperature:||Jan to March - 24C/75F|
|June to October – 27C/80F|
|Hyperbaric chambers:||Roxborough, Tobago - 660 4000 (emergency: 789 9682)|